The subclass 173 Contributory Parent Temporary visa allows parents of an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen who is settled in Australia, to live in Australia temporarily.
Given the processing time for non-contributory parent visas (currently 30 years plus) in most instances a contributory parent visa is the only practical option to bring a parent to Australia to live permanently.
Applicants for subclass 173 visas must meet the “balance of family” test, meaning 50% or more of their children must live permanently in Australia as permanent residents or more of their children live permanently in Australia as permanent residents than in any other country.
Applicants for the subclass 173 Contributor Parent visa must have at least one child to nominate them for the visa who is settled in Australia, meaning they must have lived permanently in Australia for at least two years before the subclass 173 visa application is lodged.
Applicants for subclass 173 Contributory Parent visas must complete health and character checks to be eligible for the visa.
The subclass 173 Contributory Parent Temporary visa provides an avenue for potential applicants for subclass 143 Contributory Parent Permanent visas to spread the significant cost of the visa over a longer period of time.
Once subclass 173 Contributory Parent Temporary visa holders arrive in Australia they have two years to apply for a subclass 143 Contributory Parent Permanent visa, which is a permanent visa that will allow them to remain in Australia permanently.